Experiencing the War in Iraq, interview with art exhibit organizer Jeff Carpenter
Talk Nation Radio for April 3, 2008
Experiencing the War in Iraq
Traveling Art Exhibit to be in Fall River MA between April 2, 2008 through May
Web page for further information:
Narrows Center for the Arts
An interview with artist Jeff Carpenter about a traveling multi-media art exhibition called âExperiencing the War in Iraq". He discusses the selection of various types of art representing the views of soldiers serving in Iraq as well as those who have been discharged from the US Military.
This exhibit is available to others who may wish to use it as a way to reach out to a broader segment of the community and is very high quality fine art that stimulates discussion about the war and the way it has affected people.
Jeff Carpenter is himself an artist who was so affected by the testimony of Iraq War veterans that he decided to use his skills to help people experience the war from different perspectives. The exhibit contains writing and photographs from Iraq, video, multi media and sculpture as well as paintings.
We end with a short segment of the testimony of a US Iraq War Veteran who spoke at the recent Winter Soldier event.
From the Press Release about Experiencing the War in Iraq: 'The aim of the exhibition is to give a human face to the complex conflict in Iraq, to bring together diverse expressions of individual experience and to reconnect those who have unconsciously cocooned themselves from the grim reality of the war. Through the language of art, the exhibition seeks to transcend the limitations of mainstream media coverage and engage the public in a broad-based dialog that promotes awareness, understanding, and healing. The exhibition includes work from both soldiers and civilians that utilizes video, audio, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and the written word. 600 entries were received from around the planet, including the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and South America, as well as close to home. Of the artists selected to appear, here are just a few names to mention:'
Wafaa Bilal, the Iraqi installation artist who was detained under Saddam Husseinâs rule and who teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago: www.crudeoils.us/wafaa/
Dahr Jamail, the author of Beyond the Green Zone: www.dahrjamailiraq.com
Benton-C Bainbridge, the video artist known for real-time performances at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art: www.benton-c.com
Kenny Carnes, the veteran who performs a solo oral history in dramatic verse: www.kennycarnes.com
See http://www.reconnectus.org and http://www.talknationradio.org